[FHCx336] National Pie Day/National Eat a Red Apple Day

We don’t want to believe it but

IT’S NATIONAL PIE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY!

Pie Day, PI DAY, was on March 14th. It’s not okay to claim this false idol. But we’ve come around to it, being that we don’t mind being asked to eat pie multiple times within a week (see Bavarian Cream and Lemon Cream in the last 4 days), let alone within a year. To give ourselves a bit of variety from the pies we’ve had recently, we got these little miniature pies from Target.

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Cute, right? Shoulda used a quarter for scale…

Also, seriously, who bakes a pumpkin pie with a top crust? Old Fashioned does, we suppose…

Anyway, Eat a Red Apple Day was easy. There’s one of these in SP‘s lunch every day of the year! Thank goodness for apples that can survive winter.

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Tomorrow is National Fritters Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx279] National Apple Betty Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL APPLE BETTY DAY!

Apple Brown Betty, or as it’s known in the civilized world, “Apple Crisp,” is basically what you do if you are too lazy to make an apple pie, but you want all of the flour/sugar/butter/cinnamon/apple glob you can stuff into your face. We don’t blame the creators of Apple Betty for this. Pie can be a difficult process. This was not. We used this recipe.

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Honeycrisp apples, of course. Slice them thin.

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Lay them out in a pretty layer.

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1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

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Cut in the butter until the stuff looks like crumbles.

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Spread on top.

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Into the oven for 45 minutes at 375.

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Serve with ice cream!

What is there not to like? Easy to make, with ingredients you probably have just sitting around the house. Boom.

Tomorrow is National Noodle Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx252] National Honeycrisp Apple Day

That’s right. We’re starting it.

WE DECLARE TODAY NATIONAL HONEYCRISP APPLE DAY!

Created in Minnesota, this apple was the product of amazing science. Get a bunch of scientists in the room to create the perfect apple. Yeah, Haralsons are great. And the new-ish Sweetango is tasty. But Honeycrisp takes the cake. And as they are just coming into season, we want to highlight this contribution of Minnesota’s that is unparalleled.

Insert all best adjectives that can be used to describe an apple. Great for eating raw. Great for cooking. Large. Perfect.

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The SPAK fruit bowl always looks like this.

There are fewer fruits that we get excited about. The Sumo is one of them, and that has one of the shortest seasons of anything. Sad.

Tomorrow is National Wienerschnitzel Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx61] National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day/National Fruit Compote Day

Time to go dig through the compost…

IT’S NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY AND NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY!

We already talked about peabnut bubber. It was overshadowed by Lobster Thermidor. And for the people who just couldn’t get enough of peanut butter, the folks at Peanut Butter Lover’s Day have created a second holiday after just 5 weeks to re-celebrate peanut butter.

Rather than re-hash our last peanut butter adventure, we wanted to address the elephant in the room of springtime:

Girl Scout Cookies.

Yeah, they go door to door and you’ve rehearsed all your lines but gosh DARNIT there is no way out. You think “Maybe I’ll just offer a donation to the troop” or you’ll tell them you already bought a box from some other little green person. Well such happened but it’s easy when you know the good hiding spots. AK still doesn’t know where SP keeps the GSCs and SP has not snuck a single one outside of AK‘s presence since purchase.

People go on about Thin Mints or Samoas, and more specifically how in some places the cookies are made differently and go by different names. Samoas vs Caramel deLites? Honestly, Girl Scouts of America, who thought Caramel deLites was easier to say or more fun at all?

And why the hell did Tagalongs become this monstrosity?

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Oh well. Still tasty.

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Dark orb of chocolate peanut butter

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How AK prefers to eat hers

SP was tasked with making fruit compote for today. For him, the food is a reminder of Passovers of years past, where a certain relative just could not bring herself to eat the fruit compote. Family inside jokes, am I right?

From a Weight Watchers recipe, SP made this:

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1 Honeycrisp apple, 1 Anjou pear, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar

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1 more apple, 1 more pear, water

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Orange zest and segments of a Sumo Mandarin, 1 more pear, 1/4 cup more cranberries

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AK doesn’t like the texture of cooked fruit. This “food texture hypersensitivity” is apparently a real thing, much to SP‘s chagrin. Despite this, we both enjoyed it and compared it to the insides of a fruit pie. And for very, very low points. Unlike most compotes, this doesn’t include a cup of sugar to make a very thick syrup. The fruit itself was the best part, as Honeycrisps and Sumos are non-negotiable staples of the SPAK home.

Tomorrow is Banana Cream Pie Day! I’ve been waiting all year for this.

-SPAK